Around the wold, we are able to experience creative thought in realtime, expressed unexpectedly in spaces both large and small. So what is public art? Often the first images that come to mind are the “3 M’s” – murals, monuments or memorials. Although iconic forms of public art; it comes in many more forms – incorporating both simple and complex mediums, by raw and academically trained artists that incorporate temporary and fixed installations.
The Association for Public Art helps readers frame this expanded concept of public art, noting “what distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means…Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.”